October 30, 2008 marks the second anniversary of Nigeria’s fastest growing airline, Arik Air.
Starting with three brand new Bombardier CRJ900 at inception on October 30, 2006, to an expanding fleet of 18 aircraft today, the company has emerged as Nigeria’s largest commercial airline.
When Arik Air commenced operation in 2006, its mission was to deliver an airline that would make Nigeria proud of its aviation industry. The airline was committed to acquiring new modern aircraft, offering reliability and service excellence, and promoting safety culture. Twenty four months later, the airline has not departed from this mission. Having delivered on its promise of New Aircraft, New Experience and New Standards, and established its leadership in the West African skies, the airline is now determined to grow regionally and internationally.
Today as the airline looks back on its achievements, and its commitment to the Nigerian community, it operates a network that spans over 2730 flights a month connecting 19 airports from its hubs at Lagos and Abuja. The airline has significantly contributed to the economy and also assisted with the development of Nigerian aviation industry investing in infrastructure, manpower development and training.
The landmark achievements recorded in the past two years wouldn’t have been made possible without the support and confidence reposed in the carrier by the loyal 1.5 million strong guests who have chosen Arik Air as their number one carrier. The dedicated 1200 work force of the airline has also done wonderfully well and with more training and development, they are expected to take the airline to greater heights.
Arik Air Managing director, Michael McTighe said: “With our commitment to service excellence and safety, we are on the way to becoming the dominant airline in the West Coast and the whole of Africa”.
‘As we celebrate this anniversary, we restate our pledge to continue to strive to exceed the expectations of our guests. The ability to offer our guests real value, convenience and connections, is what everyone at Arik Air is most proud of. We are equally proud of all our employees for continually delivering on our Wings of Nigeria brand promise’.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s flag carrier, has invested more than $6.1 billion in new aircraft since inception and by mid-2008, it had 39 aircraft on order for deliveries up to 2014.